Free Wheelers annual Lough Neagh tour held

Some of the many cyclists looking forward to Saturday's Freewheelers charity cycle. INBT 32-817H
Some of the many cyclists looking forward to Saturday's Freewheelers charity cycle. INBT 32-817H

The Free Wheelers Lough Neagh Tour took place on Saturday 1 August, in aid of disabled sport development.

This annual event as organised by the ‘Ulster Hand Cycling Association’, had close to 300 cyclists, many from the Lisburn and Glenavy areas, left Antrim to make their way around the UK and Ireland`s biggest lough.

The cyclists on the 25th anniversary of the event passed through Antrim, Randalstown, Toome, Ballyronan, Portadown and Lurgan, then conquering Ahgalee hill on their way to Crumlin before returning to Antrim, to complete the 78 mile circuit.

Certificates were presented at the finish in Antrim to all who completed this Lough Neagh cycle tour.

Event organiser Ivor Jess MBE said: “We are very grateful to all the cyclists who took on this challenge in order to help develop disability sport in our province.”

The cyclists were backed up by service vans kindly provided by jbe building services of ballymena and alan mccomb joinery from dundrod,

Refreshments were handed out by the willing freewheelers volunteers, and where available to all concerned, as they reached the half way point at Moy roundabout.

All funds raised will go towards further developing sports for the disabled in Northern Ireland, such as wheelchair basketball, wheelchair tennis, hand cycling and trackchair racing as well as ski-ing for the disabled.

The annual event was once again a great success and the organising committee would like to thank the sponsors, the hard working service crews, the catering team, the Freewheelers’ willing volunteers and to all who kindly contributed.